The Morning Wrap: Nepal Quake Toll Hits 4000; ISIS Chief al-Baghdadi Killed In Air Strike

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Chetan Bhagat had a rough day on Twitter, courtesy his TV debut and a redoubtable Twinkle Khanna.

Cross your fingers and hope that Anil Kapoor lives up to be crassly funny as the latest addition to American sitcom ‘Family Guy.’

Google users were most interested in the general cost of living in Great Britain, the cost of a wedding in Pakistan and the cost of a cow in India, according to an analysis of Google ‘autocomplete’ queries.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis began a four-day visit to Israel, during which he will attend an exhibition on agricultural technology and explore areas of co-operation such as emergency preparations and crises management technologies.

Main News


Crisis loomed over quake-hit Nepal on Monday following shortage of food, water, electricity and medicines as fear drove tens of thousands of people out into the open and the death toll crossed 4,000.

In a major gaffe, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India on Monday published the names and email addresses of over a million users, compromising their online privacy. This even as the government plans to frame a law around net neutrality.

The mysterious chief of Islamic State jihadist group Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead, Radio Iran reported on Monday. According to the newspaper Guardian, Baghdadi, who was severely injured during a US-led coalition air strike in March, was out of day-to-day activities of the jihadist group and had a $10 million bounty on his head.

The Central Bureau of Investigation Director Anil Sinha on Monday said over Rs.80,000 crore, belonging to six crore people, is locked up in Ponzi schemes being probed by the agency.

Rajnath Singh told Parliament that he was informed about the Nepal quake by the Prime Minister and was not—as is usual for the Home Minister—the first to know of the disaster.

Off The Front Page


Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani had a face-off in Parliament—replete with finger-wagging and a refusal to apologize--with Trinamool Congress member and historian Sugata Bose.

An association of school teachers in Tamil Nadu, who were discussing ways to improve student-teacher relationships, are actively considering a proposal from among their own to impose a dress code and thus “stop being sexually attractive.”

A passenger travelling on an Air India flight from Riyadh to Calicut on Sunday night vandalised cabin seats and threatened other passengers after the crew turned down his requests for more alcohol.

Malayalam movie superstar Mammootty wants to buy the first Maruti car—now unused and rusting-- keys of which were handed over to the owner Harpal Singh of Delhi by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on December 14, 1983.

Comedian Vir Das’ standup routine in Delhi, that included a gag on former President Abdul Kalam, didn’t end up being too funny for the performer as cops swarmed the backstage and began questioning the support crew.

Opinion


Sanjaya Baru, in The Hindu, says that the India, Brazil and South Africa (IBSA) consortium has been grossly under-utilized.

Ashok Desai, says in The Telegraph that Modi ought to take a few lessons in sprucing up his foreign language skills and hone his talent as a humourist to win more friends at international meets.

Ashok Gulati, in The Indian Express, says it is high time a serious and sustained effort was made to reform agriculture, rendering it economically viable and reducing its exposure to risks.

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